On March 12 at 5:50 a.m., the Golden RCMP, the Nicholson Fire Department and members from the Golden Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 1539 Campbell Road in Nicholson.
The fire was fully involved upon their arrival, and the residence could not be saved.
In a press release from the RCMP on March 18, details about the investigation were updated. On March 16, an unidentified individual contacted the Golden/Field RCMP and provided information which identified a suspect.
RCMP investigators interviewed other individuals who surfaced during the course of the ensuing investigation and identified two additional suspects.
According to the information gathered from the investigation to date, the owners of the residence have been absent since the middle of February. During their absence, the suspects broke into the residence repeatedly to party and caused malicious damage and stole property.
On March 11, two of the suspects entered the residence and set fires within.
They left when the smoke detectors activated. It was at this time the fire progressed to the point it was noticed by neighbours who contacted the Fire Department.
One young offender has been arrested and has been remanded in police custody to appear in Youth Court in Cranbrook on Monday March 19. The individual has been charged with Arson to Property, Break and Enter and Possession of Stolen Property.
The investigation is continuing, and the two other suspects identified have been interviewed and are expected to face charges.
Much of the property stolen from the residence has been recovered by the Police.
The Golden/Field RCMP are seeking assistance from anyone who observed anything, or has information which might aid their investigation.
Anyone who might be able to assist with this regard is encouraged to contact the RCMP at 344-2221 or make their report through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.